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Friday, April 26, 2013


Hey All!

Welcome to a Special Edition of The Wednesday Evening Post (even though it is on Friday!).  Today, I'm celebrating my 5 year anniversary of starting this blog and my very first post.  If you'll look over to your right, you'll see the huge anniversary cake there on the table and to the left is a completely stocked open bar for your enjoyment while you are here.  Servers will be walking around with a variety of hors d'oeuvres, so please help yourself.  Don't forget the GREAT GIVE-AWAY!!!!  More info on that at the bottom of this post.

I'm so glad you came!  5 years. . .I can hardly believe it.  For a stroll down memory lane for those of you who would like to see. . .here is the link to my very first post and my very first cards HERE.  I had 3 comments and remember that I had no idea how they even found me! I was amazed and hooked from that moment on and the rest is history.  Here are my cards for tonight:

 I haven't used this stamp in ages!  I LOVE this little guy.  We had a break-in here in our neighborhood this week!!  It was a house about 3 doors down from us and it is the home of a very cute, young couple.  They found their door kicked in and their house ransacked and robbed.  I just felt sick for them and wanted them to know how sorry I was that this had happened.  So, I made this card for them and went to a local bakery and got them some yummy cupcakes to make them smile.  The image was colored with my colored pencils and odorless mineral spirits.  The sentiment was from "Gunther's Greetings" which was a stamp set designed after my own sweet Gunther!

Next card. . .
Are those bee faces the cutest or what???  LOL  I used baker's twine for the "bee trails" but all I had was black and white so I colored the white part with a yellow marker.  Their little wings are all Stickled up and I fussy cut them out and popped them up on dimensional tape.  The bee stamp is by Recolections and I colored them with marker.

OK, now for the promised give-away in honor of my 5 year anniversary. . .Here is the prize package:
1 Set of Spectrum Noir Markers in browns and greys
1 Stampabilities House Mouse/Happy Hopper wood mounted rubber stamp (Snuggle Bunny)
1 Spellbinders Nestabilities Big Scalloped Squares (7 dies)
1 All Occasion Mat Stack with Glitter (44 sheets of 4.5X6.5)
1 Memory Box die (Resting Birds)
3 packs of assorted bling

Nice huh?  As you know I don't make you jump through hoops to win any prizes here.  All you need do is leave me a comment on this post.  I'll use Random.Org to pick a winner from all the comments, and I will announce the winner on the May 8th Edition of My Wednesday Evening Post.  Good Luck!

Pic of the Week
My sweet Gunther celebrated his 9th birthday on the 24th!  He got a birthday cake, a trip to the "doggie store" to pick out his presents, and lots of treats.

Hope you are all well.  Thanks for stopping by and I'll be seeing all of you on your blogs!



"God, please help me be the person that my dogs think I am."


richardbreaks said...

Well, congrats on your five years!!! That's just great. And happy birthday to Gunther!
You cards are great. Love the pup card, especially!

Becky said...

congratulations again Curt.. Happy Birthday to Gunther, he is so cute. Love that Dog gone card, and those bees are just to cute.
I feel so bad for your neighbors, I do hope they catch the thieves.

Jackie said...

Happy 5 year Anniversary! Your style has changed over the years and you are better than ever! I love that first card with the puppy, I know it will make them smile. I don't know why people can't keep their hands to themselves. What is wrong with people?? Anyway,please don't enter me into the drawing, because I have almost everything but the stamp (yes, I have too much stuff!). Happy Birthday to Gunther - he's adorable in his birthday hat!

Brenda & Ian said...

Congratulations. I am so glad those three folks found you five years ago.

I do not recall who directed me to your blog, but it was from someone else's blog. Could well have been one of those original three. What ever it was said on the blog, it provoked me to visit that day. And I have fairly consistantly kept pace with you through thick and thin.

Keep Calm and ...make another card!

Mary said...

WooHoo, happy anniversary Curt! That stamp of Gunther is adorable! Sorry to hear about your neighbors though. What a cute way to use the twine for the bee trails, you are too clever! Happy Birthday Gunther!

Mary said...

WooHoo, happy anniversary Curt! That stamp of Gunther is adorable! Sorry to hear about your neighbors though. What a cute way to use the twine for the bee trails, you are too clever! Happy Birthday Gunther!

lisa808 said...

Happy 5th Boggerversary, Curt and Happy 9th Birthday, Gunther!

The doggie image and card are super cute. How awful for your neighbors. At least no one was hurt.

How creative to use the baker's twine (and color it) on the bee card.

Thanks for the cake and cocktails!

Myrna said...

Congratulations on 5 years blogging. I am so glad you did because you have brought much pleasure to many over the years.
Happy Birthday to Gunter, handsome fellow that he is in his hat.
Your cards are perfect as usual. I will go over your years tomorrow when I have a chunk of time to really look at them.
Keep up the good work.
So sorry for your neighbors. It must be horrible to have that happen.

Sue G said...

Happy anniversary to you, my dear sweet friend! I'll bet that your neighbors were touched by your kindness, and so glad that you and your family moved into their neighborhood. How awful for them to be burgled. Your cards are delightful. And thank you for the cake and punch. I am really glad that you spiked the punch - it was delish! Take care of yourself and your lovely family. Sue from KS

Jan Scholl said...

Seems like it was just yesterday I saw your blog for the first time. I wish I had your energy. I wish you another 5 years of artistic creations and even better, that pooch some ear scritches from me and a woof from my two mutts.

tilly said...

Congratulations Curt, seems like birthdays all round lol, mine was yesterday 26th April, the day you did your first blog!!
Your new cards are beautiful with Gunther having his own set.... but I also love your style 5 years ago, best wishes to you and Jay and the boys
Tilly x

Christine said...

Happy 5th Blogversary Curt, I love to look back on peeps 1st work & see how far they have progressed & boy have you gone a long way into creating super cute cards..I love to read your amusing everyday life antics with the sorry to hear of your neighbours break in & what a lovely thought a card & cake to cheer them up..keep crafting & come back soon to HM chall. blog..

smiles Christine x

Andrea6760 said...

Hi Curt, Congratulations on 5 years of sharing your wonderful creations with us! You should be very proud!! I also want to wish Gunther a belated Happy 9th Birthday! He looks so adorable in his party hat :) Finally I want to Thank You for giving us a chance at such a great giveaway! It all looks fantastic and you know that we would be here without a giveaway and would help you celebrate! I always look forward to the Wednesday Evening Post no matter what day it comes :) Hope all is well with you! Give the boy kisses from me :) *Hugs*

Joan Fricker said...

Congratulatios Curt on your 5 year anniversary!!!
Thanks so much for the adorable get well card too. I loved it.

dovescrapper said...

How fun. Your blob is always upbeat and full of great things. Keep it up

Anonymous said...

congratulations on your 5years!!! and thanks for letting me know about the OMS. I might have to get some of those! great cards. I esp. love the dog one. :)

Marianne said...

congratulations on five years! love your cards, esp the dog one. :) thanks for letting me know what the oms are. I might have to get some of those.

Diane said...

Well, congrats to you....I had to take a peek back in memory lane at some of your first blog posts...and you did amazing work, even way back then!! These too cards are the dog one, and the bee one is so creative with the twine...that's too bad about the neighbors...I worry about that here all the time...they can take all they want, but it scares me about if they would hurt Nellie!! And thanks for the birthday treats on your blog...I think I gained 5 pounds just reading about it...LOL...have a happy blog birthday!! OH...and loved seeing Gunther in his "birthday" suit!!!!

Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

Oh My WORD!!!! Just LOOK at the face on that adorable doggie. It is such a sweet card for such a terrible act upon your neighbors.
These cards on your first blog are amazing and what gets me is that your first cards and blog were just as great as they are now....makes me a little jealous. My first cards till now have definitely evolved...but it's fun to see the growth. Hummm....glad I went to your first one here because I see several I would love to case...they are CAS and elegant all at the same time.
Now....a big happy birthday to Gunther. You know I'm such a sucker for head ornaments for your puppies.....yup....babies and puppies are what they will always be.
I was saying..."where the heck did he get that twine?" totally clever. Sometimes half the fun is learning to improvise.

Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

PS...after my long comment I never said a big congratulations on 5 years. Now you can erase this comment so I'm not on twice....that would be cheating...haha But...wonderful blog candy! You have given me a great idea!

Anonymous said...

Happy 5th Anniversary Curt! As you know, I have seen every one of your cards, since I was introduced to your blog. :)Your cards are always an inspiration to me. You are a great neighbour!I love the way you used the baker's twine on the bee card.

Mary Ann said...

Happy Anniversary!Very pretty cards!Sorry about your neighbours,Yes I am Miranda's mom, she is the one that got me started making cards,just a year I have been doing this,so much fun,Thank you for such a sweet comment,you have a great weekend...

Anonymous said...

Honestly, I can't get over what a nice guy you are! Who would ever think to do something nice like that for neighbors whose house was broken into. You are one of the most thoughtful people I know. I've followed your blog for almost 4 years and just love coming to visit. I hope you have many more years of blogging. And that is a selfish wish, because your blogs bring such good things to me as a reader. Millie, VT

Anonymous said...

Look forward to Wednesday always and seeing your them doggies here's to more years to come...clink clink...drink...repeat!


Anonymous said...

Congrats Kurt and puppies

My posts keep disappearing


Ted said...

Hey Curt! So happy for your fifth anniversary! :) If it hadn't been for you starting this blog, we'd not have this friendship and for that, I'm thankful.

Love that bee card! Those trails are just perfect!

And happy birthday to my fellow April birthday buddy, Gunther! He sure looks much better on HIS birthday than I did on mine! ;) Age becomes him!

Have a wonderful Spring! Hope you all are thawing out. :)

Sonja said...

Yes Curt I know I commented on the first blog deserved another comment...I loved those cards...just as I love these : )
wow 5 years, you are awesome...

and so kind to always think of others

wow prize package looks like fun I hope who ever wins it enjoys it all

off to plant flowers with my youngest grand son and start my day off...hope yours is full of sunshine, happiness and love

Sande said...

Yeah, it's a party. Fastens on her party hat, grabs a nice slice of cake and a few shots of Southern Comfort and mingles with the crowd. First stopping by to say Happy Anniversary to you and giving Gunther a happy birthday pat on the head.

Well it's been a fantastic and amazing five years and I'm honored to have been one of your weekly followers. Your work is amazing and inspires me as does you as a person. Your strength during your hard times has lifted my spirit many times, during my rough times. I'm blessed to include you my world and wish you nothing but the best and looking forward to the next five years.

Loving your card this week but then again I always do.

Carole said...

I didn't even know about blogging 5 years ago...Congratulations. I'm sure your neighbors were delighted with your thoughtful, adorable card and sweet offerings. I truly appreciate good drama! A very generous prize for the lucky winner.

cardscrapper said...

Oh my goodness! I cannot believe it has been 5 years already. I have followed your for at least three of those years and love every single second I get to spend with you! You are so amazing and creative. I love the Gunther stamp, and love, love, love Gunther and Shotsy. Happy Birthday wishes a little late to Gunther!!! Hope he enjoyed his cake and presents! It upsets me so much to hear about your neighbors break-in. That is just about the worst thing one "human" can do to another. Please let them know we all are with them and praying their intruders are caught. I love all your photography too!

dinosaur said...

Congratulations on 5 years of blogging! I love your cards, but I adore your two dogs and can't wait to see what the will be wearing each month! LOL

Suzy said...

Congrats, Curt!!! It's hard to believe it's been 5 years! You have shared so many wonderful cards! Keep it up....can't wait to see what you come up with next!!!! Love all the excitement with "the boys"!!! Love seeing all the dog pictures!! You certainly have an eye for great photos!

Beth Norman said...

Congratulations on your 5th anniversary. Happy Birthday to Gunther as well. I took a peak at your first post and am so sorry to hear you were downsized. Of course you made a card for your neighbours. You are the sweetest man around who is always thinking of others. Good luck with your continued blog success. Your cards are terrific! Thank you for the blog candy too.

Anonymous said...

First of all, happy birthday to Gunther - he has to be the star of your post! That photo is just too cute. Five years! Wow, that is great and what a great blog candy surprise! Your cards are wonderful. Your little present to the neighbors is such a sweet touch. Gotta run. Just wanted ti wish you the best for you and your little "family."

Chris R. from Iowa

Patti J said...

Happy anniversary! Five years...amazing! Login' that sweet card, and your neighbors are probably still enjoying their sugar rush and also the card! Happy birthday to Gunn! Bet he is a fave at the pet store :-) have a wonderful weekend!

Ellen said...

Happy blogaversary to you Curt and happy birthday to Gunther!! i am so glad you share your creations with us! Your cards are fabulous! Love the coloring on the pup! Cheers to another five years!!

Elaine M said...

Doesn't seem it could possibly be 5 yrs - oh my - I have enjoyed your blog so much - you bring such delight to us with your cards and sweet boys. Here's to many many many more yrs to come - CONGRATS dear friend!!

Bonnie Weiss said...

First things first ... HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET GUNTHER!! I hope you were spoiled rotten!

Congrats on your first five years Curt. I'm certainly grateful that you began blogging otherwise our paths would never have crossed .... and I would not have you in my life.

Robin said...

I love that card you made with the Gunther stamps. I'm so excited for your anniversary! Keep up the good work.

Alli said...

Happy Anniversary Curt!
Happy Birthday to Sir Gunther too!
How kind of you to have a give away !
Here's to another 5 and many, many more!!!
Have a terrific week!

Jamie Martin said...

Your cards are wonderful as always! Happy Anniversary :) Oh and remember when you made the badge years ago? I still have it on my blog!!

Sue said...

Happy Anniversary to you on 5 years of blogging and making new friends. Happy birthday to sweet Gunther, love his birthday picture, looks like he is smiling!
Cards are so nice, and that you took the time to make a card for the couple that was robbed AND went and got comfort food too, you are an amazing guy! Many more years of making fun cards and enjoying life, Curt.

Big Hug
PS, our Pup will be 1 year old already on May 12th...time flies!

Glittered Paws said...

Happy 5th Blog Anniversary - and how much fun to go down memory lane, awesome cards then and more so now. I am always disappointed to go on Wed. to your blog and not see a new post but this one was wel worth the wait. Love the "boys" - would love to see your boys and my "girls" (we still have our foster Riodgeback and have grown to love her) together, they would be so much fun. Cards are great this week as well as the pic of the boys and their birthday hats.

Gail said...

Happy 5th Blogaversary!
I'd have commented earlier, but I seemed to have taken advantage of the well stocked bar, and ate too many of the yummy hors d'oeuvres!
Oh, and I had cake too!
You throw a great party!
Happy Birthday Gunther!
Thanks for popping know I wouldn't miss this for the world.
I love the Wednesday Evening (OK Friday)Posts!
I even went back & read your first post!
I will be reading more.
As always I'm long winded!
Glad we're friends, and here's to many more awesome cards!

Kathlene said...

Hi Curt, it's been awhile since I've had time to go blog hopping so it's serendipitous that I hit you in time to say Happy 5th Anniversary!!! Time flies when you're havin' fun, right? You are a *terrific* neighbor--sorry for your friends break-in. How frightening. I love both your cards today--the doggie one is oh so cute but I really love the buzzy bee one too--can't decide on a favorite. Glad to have dropped by on your anniversary. Hugs, Kathy

Lori said...

Congratulations! 5 years, that's a long time in the cyber world. I especially love your schnauzer stamp. Where did you get it? I love schnauzers and miss my mini since we lost her.

Krissy said...

Congratulations!!!! I LOVE your blog and am always inspired by your creativity! Thanks for the chance to win and thanks for the anniversary cake!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! I admire how you regularly use your cards to thank or cheer up your neighbors. You are so thoughtful!


Linda said...

Congratulations on 5 years! Wow that is wonderful!
And a big Happy Birthday to your sweet Gunther! He is so adorable!
Love the cards you made. That is so sad about your neighbor. I hope they catch them and that you have good locks and are safe.

Miranda said...

Congrats on 5 years!!!!!! And of course Happy Birthday to Gunther! It took me a little longer than some to find you, but I'm so happy I did! I love your cards and your weekly posts. I always feel right at home when visiting! Have a great week!
Miranda :)

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Congrat's on five years! How wonderful.

So sorry for your neighbors, I was afraid you were going to say your house and I was instantly worried about your stamps, for shame! lol.

Love the two cards, the puppy is adorable and I'm sure it will cheer them up and the cute busy bee's are fun.

Tertia said...

A very happy blogaversary to you! I hope we will both still be blogging in the next 5 years, I love coming to visit you each week and seeing the lovely and thoughtful cards you make.

sorry to hear about the neighbours being broken into, one of our neighbours was held up at home about a week ago and with the crime rate so high over here in South Africa, the only comment most people have is: thank goodness they are OK and nobody was hurt, raped or killed. It scares me to think that we need to be grateful for that and we are not shocked and outraged at what happened.
Hugs from a cold South Africa

Erin Morley said...

Sorry to hear about your neighbours Curt, that really sucks! It is nice of you to think about them. Very cute cards and I'd love to smooch those bees if only they wouldn't sting me.

Anonymous said...

Here's to another 5 years of cards & blogging! And a special Happy Birthday to my littlest nephew (who's practically bigger than me)!
Hug the boys for me; see you soon!

Lorraine said...

Happy Birthday Gunther and congratulations on 5 years making us smile with your blogging. Love the cards so sad for the young couple hope they catch the bad guys, how kind you are to think of them. Hugs from Jersey our very small Channel Island. xx

Serendipity Stamping said...

A big congrats to you Curt! You have given us 5 great years of your artistic and lovely cards. I have followed you almost from the beginning. I am on my second drink now. Happy, Happy Birthday sweet Gunther. Hope you had fun shopping for all your gifts.

ursula Uphof said...

Congratulations Curt. Wow 5 years is a long time with lots of lovely inspiration, hope to see many more lovely creations from you. Happy birthday to Gunther. Hugs Ursula.

Kelly said...

HI Curt!
Boy did I pick a good day to pop in. LOL Just was going to let you know I've linked to your blog in my post today on a project you inspired me to make. Thanks! Creative Blessings - Kel KellyH (at) artlover (dot) com
Note the new email!

Gina Wrona said...

I'm probably too late, but HAPPY ANNIVERSARY & HAPPY BIRTHDAY GUNTHER, double the fun!

Great cards!


Patti J said...

Wahoo!!!!!!!!! Congrats to MY bestie, Shirley! And again, congrats on 5 wonderful years, Curt! Hugs...